Police: Enfield man grew 4196 marijuana plants in home, an apparent state record

September 13th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR, Maine — An Enfield man accused of growing marijuana in the basement of his home may have set a statewide record for the number of plants seized by law enforcement.

Richard M. Kuhaneck, 41, was charged Aug. 20 with three counts of cultivation of marijuana, a Class C crime, according to a complaint filed at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Kuhaneck was in the news earlier this month when his six pet sharks survived a fire that heavily damaged his home at 766 Dodlin Road.

He was charged nearly three months after Penobscot County deputies removed 4,196 marijuana plants from his house, Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said Thursday.

The plants were immature and ranged in size from 6 inches to 24 inches tall and were being grown under 35 fluorescent lights, he said. Because the plants were immature, a value was not placed on the crop, Ross said. Mature plants are estimated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to be worth between $2,000 and $3,000 each, depending on their quality, after they have been dried and processed for sale.

“I am not aware of a marijuana plant seizure of this number of plants in the history of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office,” Ross said Thursday in an email. “At maturity, this would amount to a large supply of product that potentially would be in our community and available to our youth.

“Deputy McLaughlin did an excellent job in developing the information and later in the execution of the search warrant,” the sheriff continued.

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